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Construction Project Manager

  • Full Time
  • Raleigh

City of Raleigh

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department is committed to improving and maintaining the quality of life and environment for all Raleigh citizens through a variety of programs and activities throughout the city. The department provides funding for the creation and preservation of affordable housing and for services and programs benefitting low to moderate income persons. The Department enforces codes to ensure safe and decent housing and carries out neighborhood revitalization and community engagement and enrichment activities. The Construction Project Coordinator’s role is key to the successful implementation of housing and community development programs and services.

Each year, the City receives entitlement dollars awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support programming for homeowner rehab and repair, resources for first-time homebuyers, down payment assistance, and low-income housing tax credit gap financing.

In November 2020, Raleigh voters approved an $80 million affordable housing bond. The funding will be utilized over the next five years. The bond supplements local and federal funding the City is awarded annually. The housing bond priorities are as follows:

  • Equal geographic distribution with project investments
  • Production of a range of housing types serving a range of income levels in coordination with Wake County and other partners
  • New unit production and rehabilitation of existing housing units
  • Innovative development partnerships
  • Projects and acquisition opportunities near planned transit routes like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  • Homeownership
  • Preservation of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH)

The Community and Small Business Development Division of the Housing and Neighborhoods Department administers the City’s housing and community development programs funded with local and federal funds. These resources support a wide range of programs that add value in the community, including citywide first-time homeownership loans, affordable rental housing, rehabilitation of existing housing stock, housing initiatives for the homeless and public services. Many activities are carried out through third parties which involves contracts and contract administration, loan agreements and loan administration, and the issuance of NOFAs and RFPs and other instruments. Work also includes implementing elements of the City’s Strategic Plan relative to affordable housing and related areas.

Additionally, the work includes the compliance with federal regulations and local and departmental policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
The Construction Project Coordinator is responsible the effective management of various construction projects, particularly concerning disposition of City-owned land. In addition to managing the disposition process, the position will coordinate with the Loans team within the Department on rental development initiatives utilizing City-owned land. The Project Coordinator will also support the Construction Program Coordinator with capital improvements of City-owned properties.

  • Consults with the Construction Manager and other departmental staff to evaluate construction activities, determine operational objectives, and meeting overall program goals.
  • Evaluates and selects City-owned lots and lot clusters for disposition and recommends options for future land use based on zoning and other factors. Completes necessary survey work, land planning, environmental assessments, soil surveys, etc. by coordinating with interdepartmental teams and consultants. Identifies and resolves any encroachment and title issues. Examines the condition and capacity of all existing public and private utilities.
  • Prepares, issues, and evaluates Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for construction activities, particularly disposition of City-owned land. Prepares recommendation memos and agenda materials for City Council approval. Coordinates negotiating and routing of contracts.
  • Gathers program and project data for reporting to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City’s Strategic Plan, and other reports. Conducts Davis-Bacon and Section 3 monitoring and reporting, as well as Environmental Review checklists as needed.
  • Reviews sales contracts and prepares and records deeds for lot closings for City-sponsored projects involving lot sales. Works with legal counsel to draft and review leases for City-sponsored projects involving land leases.
  • Coordinates with the department’s Multifamily Lending Coordinator, staff in the Planning and Development Department, developers, etc. to shepherd City-sponsored projects through development review.
  • Manages the work of consultants, including architects, engineers, and land planners. Reviews and approves payments.
  • Creates and updates processes and procedures related to land disposition, Section 3 monitoring, and other construction activities.
  • Attends public meetings and events to provide information on projects, programs, and activities.
  • Assists with the coordination of infrastructure and site improvement work required for City-sponsored projects.
  • Assists with preparing bid packages for City-sponsored housing construction projects, including demolition, and assists with preparing construction contracts.
  • Assists with evaluating construction specifications for projects. Assists with performing site inspections of projects underway to evaluate the quality of work and compliance with work schedules, bid specifications, federal and state guidelines and applicable codes and ordinances.

Supervisory Responsibilities
The position has no direct supervisory responsibility but may function as a team leader.

Typical Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, urban planning, construction management, business administration or directly related field and five years of community development experience related to assignment.  Some positions directly manage employees and should have two years of supervisory experience.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

LICENSING/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.

Preferred Experience:

  • Working knowledge of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and the development review process, including land use planning, site plan review, historic review, etc.
  • Familiarity with building construction and residential rehabilitation techniques, general contracting and construction project management.
  • Familiarity with and experience in applying building, zoning, electrical, sanitation, health and fire codes.
  • Working knowledge of inspection procedures and basic construction/maintenance principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other departments, elected officials, the media, and the public.
  • Excellent project management and time management skills, including planning, organizing, evaluating and implementation. Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG and HOME grant program administration.
  • Knowledge of federal program regulations including Davis-Bacon Act Wage Rate Compliance, lead based paint remediation, environmental review, Section 3 and other cross-cutting  compliance requirements.

Computer Skills                                                            
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft programs, including PowerPoint and Publisher.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION                                                   

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.   The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an indoor or office environment.

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